Wed
30
Jan

Chania Rock Festival 2019 (5-6 July 2019, Chania/Crete, Greece)

 
Get ready for your heavy metal summer holidays!!!

Chania Rock Festival, is one of the most important, louder and hotter metal festivals of Southern Europe and takes place in the beautiful island of Crete, in Chania, on the 5th and 6th of July 2019.
 
The festival exists since 2002 and many great metal bands have played so far, such as Blind Guardian (GER), Sabaton (SWE), Kreator (GER), Paradise Lost (UK), D-A-D (DEN), Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons (UK), W.A.S.P. (USA) and many more.
 
This year’s billing, includes some more great bands. Demons & Wizards, the brainchild of Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian) and Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth), Tarja, Rotting Christ, Uli Jon Roth and Carthagods plus more acts to be announced. All these, will take place in the most picturesque landmark of the city of Chania, an ancient fortress by the old harbor, San Salvatore.
Early bird weekend ticket costs only 48 euros at: https://www.chaniarockfestival.gr/en/tickets
 
Get ready to arrange your summer holidays in one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean and combine it with two days full of heavy metal music. Enjoy the Cretan hospitality, drink raki, swim in some of the most extraordinary beaches on earth, taste famous local food and watch your favorite metal bands perform live in an unforgettable venue in the center of the city. A combination that cannot be missed.
 
 
 
Tue
29
Jan

APPEARANCE OF NOTHING Fourth Album 'In Times Of Darkness' Out March 22

Friday, March 22, 2019
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Escape Music is pleased to announce the return of Swiss Progressive Melodic Metal Band Appearance of Nothing with their forth album "In Times Of Darkness"
 
Appearance of Nothing - In Times Of Darknesss
 
Release Date: 22 March 2019
Catalogue No: ESM328
 
Track Listing:
01 Inside these Walls 06:32
02 The Black Sea 09:26
03 Storm 04:25
04 Erase 07:00
05 Deception 07:01
06 Disaster (Sweetest Enemy) 05:28
07 Lost 05:17
08 The Huntress 09:22
 
Appearance of Nothing is:
Omar Cuna - Vocals and Bass
Marc Petralito - Piano, Hammond, Synth
Ronnie Wolf - Drums 
Manuel Meinen - Guitars
Albert Ibrahimaj - Guitars
 
Guest appearances:
Anna Murphy - Backing Vocals & Lead Vocals on ‘Storm’ & Lost’
Tina Guo - Cello on ‘The Black Sea’ & ‘Deception’
Christian Älvestam - Growls
Devon Graves - Vocals on ‘Disaster’
 
Drums, Vocals, Piano & Hammond recorded by Anna Murphy at Soundfarm Studios
Guitars & Bass recorded by Tommy Vetterli at New Sound Studio
Acoustic guitars recorded at Music’s Cool Studios Freiburg 
Mixed by Anna Murphy 
Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios 
 
Precision and prog metal: the two go hand in hand - esppecially in Switzerland, home to clockworks and quality craftsmanship.
 
True to that national spirit, Appearance Of Nothing are stepping right into the tradition of outstanding and unique metal, Made In Switzerland (ever heard of Coroner, Eluveitie, or perhaps Celtic Frost?). Honing their skills together since 2004, the band around founding members Marc Petralito (piano, hammond, synths) and Omar Cuna (bass & vocals), along with shredders Manuel Meinen & Albert Ibrahimaj  and drummer Ronnie Wolf, have always felt true to Prog with a capital letter - think Opeth, Dream Theater,, or Symphony X.
 
With their new single ‘Storm’ they mark an explosive return after parting ways with their former lead singer in 2017. Keys blazing, the creative driving force Marc proudly places his giant synth walls right where they should be: front and center. The newest family members Albert Ibrahimaj (two-time winner of a prestigious Berklee College of Music scholarship) and Manuel Meinen - both acclaimed guitar teachers - have found themselves right at home, driving the band’s sound forward along with Ronnie, who has been making a name for himself for over 30 years ever since his work on the legendary 1985 album ‘Young Blood’ by Killer. Omar, finally, having already made the unusual transition from dancer to bass player early in his career, showcases how he inherited the position of main vocalist and frontman without skipping a note on his bass.
 
A new album has been completed as well, although the band remain shrouded regarding a potential release date. They can, however, announce some explosive details already: the record has been recorded and produced with none other than the undisputed queen of Swiss metal, Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling, ex-Eluveitie) at Soundfarm Studios, has been mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Leprous, Symphony X & more), and features illustrious guest performers including Anna Murphy herself, cello virtuoso Tina Guo (Hans Zimmer, ‘Wonder Woman’ soundtrack), Devon Graves of the legendary Psychotic Waltz, and former Scar Symmetry vocalist Christian Älvestam. Last, but not least, Appearance of Nothing’s new guitar sound was created at Swiss guitar legend Tommy Vetterli’s New Sound Studio.
 
Appearance of Nothing are getting ready to take part in the European stages in 2019, 
 
Video for The Black Sea
 

 
Tour dates so far:
02.03.2019 - Switzerland, Musigburg Aarburg
 
UK & Ireland
21.03.2019 - Sheffield Studio
22.03.2019 - North Wales, Hammerfest
23.03.2019 - Cardiff The Globe
24.03.2019 - Birmingham Hare & Hounds
26.03.2019 - Norwich The Waterfront Studio
27.03.2019 - Hull The Welly 2
28.03.2019 - Glasgow Audio
29.03.2019 - Dublin On The Rox
30.03.2019 - Manchester Academy 3
31.03.2019 - London Jazz Cafe Camden
 
20.04.2019 - Germany, Lörrach
31.08.2019 - Switzerland, Club Natters
21.09.2019 - Switzerland, Club Metbar Lenzburg
13.09.2019 - Italy, to_be_confirmed
14.09.2019 - Italy, to_be_confirmed
15.09.2019 - Italy, to_be_confirmed
 
More dates will be announced soon including Germany!
 

 

 
Tue
29
Jan

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE Announce Debut Studio Album 'Space Between'

 
Stream & Download "Trust Fund Baby" now at https://sammyhagar.lnk.to/TrustFundBabyID
 
More on Sammy Hagar & The Circle at http://www.redrocker.com/
 
Trust Fund Baby Lyrics by Sammy Hagar; Music by Sammy Hagar, Jason Bonham, Ronnie Montrose.
 
Album release May 10th, 2019.  The band will mount a large-scale tour of North America, in support of the new album, in the Spring of 2019. Full track listing and touring details to be announced Monday, Feb 4.
 
With the upcoming release of Space Between, the band harnesses the depth of their artistic experiences and seminal collaborative sound with Hagar's prolific writing vein to produce an album that builds and explodes, song after song, around the concepts of money, greed, enlightenment and truth. Formed in 2014, the acclaimed supergroup featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, quickly established themselves as one of the most emphatic and exciting live acts on tour today, seamlessly ripping through career-spanning hits from Montrose, Van Halen, Sammy Hagar and The Waboritas and Led Zeppelin.
 
Lyrically and musically, the collection of songs on Space Between build from intimate and introspective eye-openers to heart-pumping anthems. The music draws on the bands' substantial careers independently and collaboratively; presenting a veteran band still at the peak of their game. Sammy Hagar & The Circle will release Space Between on May 10 via BMG. The band will mount a large-scale tour of North American, in support of the new album, in the Spring of 2019. Space Between tour itinerary, album track listing and more will be revealed beginning February 4.
 
BMG signed a worldwide label deal with Sammy Hagar & The Circle for the new album, Space Between, and will also include select Hagar catalog titles.
 
 
Mon
28
Jan

Rock Candy Latest - STEVE JONES & SAMMY HAGAR

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ROCK CANDY RECORDS has 3 new titles - all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com
 
SAMMY HAGAR 'DANGER ZONE' CANDY334
 
‘DANGER ZONE’ WAS a particularly gutsy album that moved the guitarist towards a fuller hard rock sound boasting lashings of attack and excitement. It was a formidable album that set the red rocker up for major career advancement. Produced by British engineer Geoff Workman, fresh from recording Journey’s breakthrough album ‘Infinity’, it wasn’t the only Journey connection as both vocalist Steve Perry and guitarist Neal Schon made guest appearances helping to showcase a thoroughly impressive collection of tracks and a production that propelled Hagar’s stature ever upwards. Originally issued in 1980, the record contained ten golden hard rock nuggets enhancing his reputation as one of the most compelling and significant artists of the era.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 4,000 word essay, enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
TRACK LISTING: 1. LOVE OR MONEY 2. 20TH CENTURY MAN 3. MILES FROM BOREDOM 4. MOMMY SAYS, DADDY SAYS 5. IN THE NIGHT (ENTERING THE DANGER ZONE) 6. THE ICEMAN 7. BAD REPUTATION 8. HEARTBEAT 9. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE 10. THE DANGER ZONE
 
 
STEVE JONES 'MERCY' CANDY363
 
WHEN THE SEX PISTOLS disintegrated in 1978 guitarist Steve Jones involved himself in a number of diverse projects. Relocating to the USA he commenced building a career as a solo artist. His debut solo album ‘Mercy’, issued in 1984, was a unique and somewhat surprising statement from a man who had previously been viewed as a maverick guitar hero. The album is built primarily around melodic rock songs that, by any other artist, may have been labelled AOR. Of course these tracks provide a solid foundation for Steve to unleash some blazing lead guitar, however, the emphasis is not on power chords but carefully executed solos, helping to support the melody rather than burying it beneath mountainous riffs.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
TRACK LISTING: 1. MERCY 2. GIVE IT UP 3. THAT’S ENOUGH 4. RAINING IN MY HEART 5. WITH YOU OR WITHOUT YOU 6. PLEASURE AND PAIN 7. PRETTY BABY 8. DRUGS SUCK 9. THROUGH THE NIGHT 10. LOVE LETTERS
 
 
STEVE JONES 'FIRE AND GASOLINE' CANDY364
 
THERE ARE FEW guitarists who have created as big an impact on rock music as Steve Jones. As one of the founding members of the Sex Pistols it was Jones who outlined the band’s sound, with his mountainous guitar riffs and unbridled energy pushing the material way beyond the red zone. ‘Fire And Gasoline’ really saw his creative juices flow. It was a tough and direct display of fire-power, bringing Jones’ guitar prowess to the fore. Produced by British studio wizard Mark Dearnley (AC/DC, Motorhead) with help from The CULT’s Ian Astbury, it concentrates on red hot riffs and shout-it-out-loud songs. Look out for guest appearances, most notably from Billy Duffy and Axl Rose.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, Bonus track, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
TRACK LISTING: 1. FREEDOM FIGHTER 2. WE’RE NOT SAINTS 3. GOD IN LOUISIANA 4. FIRE AND GASOLINE 5. TROUBLE MAKER 6. I DID U NO WRONG 7. GET READY 8. GIMME LOVE 9. WILD WHEELS 10. HOLD ON 11. LEAVE YOUR SHOES ON. BONUS TRACK: 12. SUFFRAGETTE CITY
 
 
Mon
28
Jan

TOTO Release Lyric Video For “Devil's Tower"

 
Listen To “Devil’s Tower” Here:  http://open.spotify.com/track/1PCRrXONHBtqfxXnRL1IKc
 
Los Angeles, CA --- Today TOTO have released a brand new lyric video for "Devil's Tower."  Taken from their definitive box set: All In via Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music). 
“We originally recorded this track with Mike and Jeff Porcaro back in 1981 during the sessions for TOTO IV," Steve Lukather remarked.  "We never recorded a lead vocal or had lyrics for this one, so Joseph finished it up for us recently."  
The track is also available on all of the major streaming services as a stand alone single.  TOTO begins a eight show run in Japan on February 14th in Hiroshima.  The show in Toyko on February 20th at Budokan has already sold out.
TOTO will be busy in 2019. The band just returned from a standing room only run of Australia and New Zealand, and head to Japan and Indonesia in February.  This spring in to the Summer, they’ll stage a long tour of Europe, combining top billing festival appearances and headline dates, after which they’ll bring their “An Evening With” show to North America this Fall.  The 40 Trips Around The Sun tour is the band’s most extensive run in years with many more announcements to come.
Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO.  As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.  Collectively TOTO has over a billion streams worldwide on all streaming services.
With over 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.  Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television.  They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational worldwide fan base.
TOTO – 2019 - 40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN TOUR
2/14    Hiroshima, JP                Bunka Gakuen HBG Hall
2/16    Kanazawa, JP                Kanazawa Kagekiza
2/18    Fukoka, JP                    Fukuoka Shimin Kaikan
2/20    Tokyo, JP                      Budokan
2/21    Osaka, JP                     Osaka Castle Hall
2/23    Morioka-Shi, JP            Morioka Iwate Kenmin Kaikan
2/25    Nagoya, JP                   Century Hall
2/27    Sendai, JP                    Sun Plaza
3/3      Jakarta, ID                    Java Jazz Festival
6/13    London, UK                  Live at Chelsea
6/15    Cork, IRL                      Live at the Marquee - Cork
6/18    Gavle, SE                    Gasklockorna 
6/20    Oslo, NO                      OverOslo 
6/21    Langesund, NO            Wrightegaarden
6/22    Sarpsborg, NO             Kulasparken 
6/23    Aarhus, DK                  Ceres Arena 
6/25    Sopot, PL                     Opera Lesna 
6/27    Budapest, HU              Budapest Arena 
6/28    Klam Bei Grein, AT      Clam Rock 
6/29    Eisenstadt, AT             Lovely Days 
6/30    Berlin, DE                    Zitadelle Open Air 
7/02    Munich, DE                 Tollwood Festival 
7/03    Marostica, IT                Piazza Degli Scacchi 
7/04    Rome, IT                     Auditorium Cavea 
7/05    Lucca, IT                     Piazza Napoleone 
7/07    Albi, FR                       Pause Guitare 
7/08    Cognac, FR                Cognac Pubic Garden
7/10    Barcelona, SP             L’Auditori del Forum
7/11    Nimes, FR                   Festival de Nimes
7/14    Gelsenkirchen, DE     Gelnsenkirchen Amphitheater 
7/16    Pratteln, CH                Z7 Summer Nights Open Air
7/17    Fussen, DE                Barockgarten 
7/18    Salem, DE                 Schloss Open Air 
7/20    Pori, FI                      Pori Jazz Festival 
Additional appearances will be announced in the coming months…
Artist: 
 
Mon
28
Jan

The Metal Voice: LEE KERSLAKE

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2015
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Jimmy Kay from The Metal Voice (https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) spoke to former Ozzy Drummer Lee Kerslake in Anaheim California at this years annual Hall of Heavy Metal History Gala Jan 23 2019, where Kerslake was inducted and presented the two platinum Ozzy Discs.

When asked how he got to California to be inducted
"The phone rang about month and a half ago, it was Pat Guesaldo CEO of the Hall of Heavy Metal History and he said we would like to induct you into the Hall. Pat said we would love to have you in California for the Gala but I said I am on a pension and I can't afford it. Pat then said what if we take care of it for you . Then I said without sounding like a Deva I can't travel coach cause I have arthritis and bone cancer. Then Pat said no worries we are going to fly you first class. I nearly broke down and cried. I finally got to California, the flight took 10 hours and when I landed I said to myself, I MADE IT, I haven't done this for 22 years."

When asked about his reaction to finally receiving the platinum discs from Ozzy and Sharon and a personal letter
" We were filming me packing for California on my upcoming autobiography documentary and then my manager came in and said I have a surprise delivery for you and he brought in these two big boxes and they were the two platinum Ozzy discs, it was a crying moment. We finally buried the hatchet between the Osbournes and myself. I respect Sharon and I love Ozzy to bits. Ozzy also sent me back a beautiful letter hand written."

When asked about his current health situation
"The cancer has come back unfortunately, it has come back with a vengeance but I am not worried about it at the moment I am  enjoying this moment and all the love. I am having a great time. My doctor told me before I left they will be putting me on a new drug and I am hopeful."

 

 

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